The Film Forum started in the fall of 2005. It is dedicated to the discussion of films that not only delight us in the spectacular ways cinema most naturally does but also leave us puzzled, challenged, unsettled, or even irritated. The films we show cry out for discussion and have afforded us on many Monday nights with the pleasure of intelligent and passionate conversation.
This forum connects the members of the Princeton public inside and outside of the University and a core audience has developed from the regularly participating students, faculty, and other Princetonians. The Film Forum provides a great opportunity to witness the intellectual talent of Princeton in action and, moreover, to engage with it.
Director: Erika Kiss, University Center for Human Values
The events are made possible by the generous gift of Bert G. Kerstetter ’66
Immersive Film Festival
The spring season of the Film Forum is dedicated to immersive films. You can register for our Monday events of synchronized headset-viewing of six award-winning VR films.
One of the missions of the UCHV Film Forum is to cultivate educational connections with award-winning filmmakers in workshops on campus or – lately – via Zoom. The Film Forum’s latest friend, Lynette Wallworth will meet us via Zoom on more than one occasion throughout the festival.
Wallworth’s choice to use the new VR technology for the making of Awavena and Collisions allows her to relate the stories of indigenous people without the distortions of a dominant (colonial) perspective inherent in the director’s gaze when comes through the traditional camera. Wallworth’s immersive filmmaking subverts any fixed privileged perspective or hierarchical directions and challenges one to shift into multiple and changing viewpoints as opposed to a single dominating one. Being immersed in an artfully crafted multi-perspectival film can be a therapeutic exercise of letting go of egocentrism. Moreover, being immersed in the cinematic world of Coral is an exercise in letting go of anthropocentrism. Human existence is eclipsed by the non-human in Coral, but without the angst of annihilation because we enter into an empathetic fellowship with the ocean.
Lynette Wallworth is an artist whose work ranges from documentary features through VR films to installations and performance art. In the documentary film The Pieces I Am (2019), Toni Morrison reveals that the best analogy for her writing is an interactive installation by another artist. Morrison refers to Lynette Wallworth’s Evolution of Fearlessness. Toni Morrison did not personally meet the artist with whom she felt such close kinship, but the Princeton community will have a chance to. We have the opportunity to get to know Lynette Wallworth not only through her three immersive films that the Film Forum will present but in person - even if for now via Zoom.
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